In recent years as virtual reality has continued its foray into the creative zeitgeist, any number of interactions with the growing form could feel revolutionary. Whether it’s the real-time coalescence of story and technology, or the heady realization that the medium is still in its nascent stages, VR never lacks one thing: mystique. On Monday night at MoMA’s kick-off to “Slithering Screens,” a five-night retrospective exhibition celebrating the 10th anniversary of New Frontier at Sundance Institute, that truth was still extant.
"I had friends who had bruises on their faces because [they were] fighting to escape child marriage.” That’s how writer, rapper, and activist Sonita Alizadeh initiated a candid conversation with Tabitha Jackson (Director, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program) at the 2016 Skoll World Forum Closing Ceremony. Sonita, whose story is the subject of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary of the same name, preceded the conversation with a performance of her song “Brides for Sale.”